Francisco Petrônio (Francisco Petrone 08/11/1923 • 18/01/2007) started his musical career at the age or 37, in 1960, when he worked as a taxi driver and once when he was driving his friend, the DJ Nerino Silva, he told him that he would like to sing. Nerino took him to the Emissoras Associadas for an audition and he got a contract for 2 years. In 1961 he started working professionally on the Radio and TV Tupy, in São Paulo. In the same year he recorded his first song, for the Chantecler label, the bolero "Agora" by Don Fabian and Paulo Augusto, and the tango "Não Me Falem Dela", by Jorge Moreira and Sebastião Ferreira da Silva, accompained by the Chantecler Orchestra conducted by Élcio Álvares. In 1962, he moved to the Continental label where he stayed for mor than 20 years, taken by the producer and composer Diogo Mulero (Palmeira). In the same year he recorded the boleros "Segredo" (Daniel Magalhães/Cid Magalhães) and "Disfarce" (Umberto Silva/Luiz Mergulhão/Toso Gomes). This record got the number 005 and was part of the 78000 series, the last of the 78 rpm released by Continental. He also recorded "Balada Do Homem Sem Rumo" (Castro Perret) and "Bolero Triste" (Paulo Augusto/Nízio). Still in 1962, he recorded with Dilermando Reis the LP "Uma Voz E Um Violão Em Serenata", the first of a series of 7.
1963 was full of new recordings, including "Natal Da Minha Terra" and "Nova Flor", both by Palmeira and Mário Zan. Later in the year he was awarded with the Chico Viola, for the recording of "Romance". In 1964 he recorded the bolero "Cigana" (Túlio Piva). In the same year, he recorded one of the last 78 rpm records released by Continental, with the songs "Valsa Dos Namorados" (Silvino Neto) and "Eu Pago Esta Noite (Stasera Pago Io), by Domenico Modugno with version by Waldyr Santos. By this time he started working as a free lancer for the radios and TV stations and released the LP "O Romântico", which had, among others, "Nova Flor" (Palmeira/Mário Zan); "Cigana" (Túlio Piva) and "Io Che Amo Solo Te" (Sergio Endrigo).
In 1965 he went to Portugal and performed at Cassino Estoril. He recorded the album "Baile Da Saudade", whose title song, by Palmeira and Zairo Marinoza, became his greatest hit. He started, then, to promote the "Baile da Saudade", supported by the "Clube da Saudade", and specialized in singing serenades. In 1966 he was hired by TV Globo where he hosted the program "Baile da Saudade". In 1968 he started producing his own program that moved to Radio Gazeta. He created the "Orquestra da Saudade" with professional dancers to promote serenades through Brazil.
During the 1970's he went busy recording several albums like others from the series "Uma Voz E Um Violão Em Serenata", with Dilermando Reis, "Tempo De Seresta" with the Conjunto Época de Ouro, "Francisco Petrônio Homenageia Francisco Alves", "Tributo A Carinhoso", went to RCA Victor and then returned to Continental.In 1995, he recorded by RGE the CD "Trinta Anos De Saudade"; in 1997, released the CD "Lembranças", also by RGE and in 2000 the LP "Nostalgia Della Terra Nostra". For almost 40 years, he directed the program "Baile da Saudade", lately at Rede Vida.
01. Eu Pago Esta Noite (Stasera Pago Io) (Domenico Modugno/Vers.: Waldyr Santos) • 3:16
02. Nova Flor (Palmeira/Mário Zan) • 3:24
03. Trono Azul (Gavote Stefanie/Czibuica/Adapt.-Lyrics: Palmeira/Alfredo Corletto) • 3:20
04. Frente Ao Mar (Frente El Mar) (Mariano Mores/R. Taboada/Vers.: Genival Mello) • 2:56
05. Sabor A Mim (Sabor A Mi) (Alvaro Carrillo/Vers.: Nazareno de Brito) • 3:12
06. Terceira Noite (La Terza Luna) (Francesco Migliacci/Enriquez/Vers.: Paulo Augusto) • 2:35
07. Cigana (Túlio Piva) • 2:44
08. Meu Amor Ante Tudo (Mario de Jesus/Vers.: Sérgio Reis) • 3:19
09. O Amor Mais Puro - Francisco Petrônio and Enzo de Almeida Passos (Palmeira) • 3:33
10. Peça (Pide) (Augusto Algeró/Antonio Guijarro/Vers.: Waldyr Santos) • 3:17
11. Sabrá Dios (Alvaro Carrillo) • 3:06
12. Io Che Amo Solo Te (Sergio Endrigo) • 3:18